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Graveyard – Hisingen Blues

Nuclear Blast 2011
Graveyard - Hisingen Blues

While Sweden’s Graveyard may come off like a lost transmission from the late 60′s/early 70′s era of classic rock, the groups Led Zeppelin worship has substantially broadened out on “Hisingen Blues“. For amidst the rich analog tones, overdriven fuzz and bong resin caked rock heroics lies an even deeper cut into more soulful territory.

Following in the footsteps of Cream and Blue Cheer, the group balance bluesy stomp with a scorched, sinewy rock n’ roll aesthetic that captures not only the vibe and atmosphere of a bygone era in the rock lexicon; but also the righteous attitude and playful experimentation.

Of course the material banks heavily on nostalgia. But that’s not to say the band rely on this as a gimmick as their innate musical ability and deceptively simplistic song arrangements are effortlessly entertaining.

Perhaps the biggest improvement Graveyard show on this album over past works though is focus. In figuratively distilling their material down to its skeletal rock n’ roll core, the rhythmic strengths and smokey riffs are given ample breathing room to fully ignite. In turn, there’s an inimitable raw passion that translates perfectly through the earthy discordance and ballsy jam room energy.

There’s no disputing that in essence Graveyard are a throwback group. But unlike their peers in Witchcraft, Graveyard rarely get lost in their own euphoric high. In dedicating themselves to the song and its momentum above all else; Graveyard have delivered an electrifying, incendiary trip through some of the high points of rock’s past with an appreciative touch of added hindsight.

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  • cma3585

    Album of the year thus far. I found it hard to believe anyone could top a debut effort these days as strong as their last, but they managed to do it. Every song is incredible and No Good, Mr Holden is probably the best rock track I’ve heard in years. Hands down the best “retro/throwback” band in rock at the moment.

  • Kent Brockman

    Sounds interesting, will check it out. cma, should I start with this or their debut?

  • Aries Veil

    I just can’t get into this throwback shit…3 out of 5

  • RhiNo

    I agree with Aries. To me, this is like Wolfmother part 2. It’s been done. I love Zeppelin, Floyd, the classics. That was then though, I don’t need to hear music trying to be Zeppelin, Sabbath, etc…. if I wanted to hear that stuff, I’d listen to…. maybe ZEPPELIN or SABBATH. Let’s not try to go back to a sound or style of music but go forward and create new unique sounds/music. It seems impossible, but someone will eventually do it.

  • cma3585

    This absolutely defecates on anything Wolfmother’s ever attempted. These guys know how to craft classic songs. While bands of Wolfmother’s ilk simply milk the vintage sound through their amps, these guys write songs and lyrics that literally belong in the 60s/70s and you’d be fooled otherwise had you not known. No one, not even Witchcraft, are able to pull this off so well as Graveyard. It’s one thing to imitate your idols…it’s a whole other to get them so well that you sound as if you belong in the conversation with them.

  • Geor!

    Witchcraft appeals to me more than Graveyard does. This album is kickass, but Witchcraft are above them, in my opinion. It’s not album of the year material for me, but it’s certainly in that top ten list. 4/5.

  • HonoluluBlueBalls

    I like this shit. 4/5. The throwback thing is cool with me. The last truly inspiring decade for music in my eyes was the 90′s. I’ve spent the last 15 years or so being underwhelmed by most new music and almost exclusively listening to stuff made between 1960-1998(ish). Many times I have privately hoped that bands would go back to this classic formula and style. I agree with Aries and Rhino to an extent because I would like to see a brand new, exciting and legitimate variety of rock music to reveal itself, but that doesn’t seem likely considering the direction music is headed. I’ll take a hundred more Graveyards, The Swords and TCV’s if it means that I’ll never hear another Design The Skyline or Emmure again.

  • wearesorta138

    No bull-shit. No breakdowns. Just gitfiddles a’fiddlin and some lyrics about the Devil. That’s all a good song needs.

  • will

    sounded great. but I have to go with Aries Veil. I mean, I like old shit but I also just listen to that old shit. I don’t need another “new old band.” on the other hand, I do like the darkness 1st disc a lot. they are new and old. I also like municiple waste and they are a not new, but newer band playing an old sound. just the other way around, humm. who is confused? I raise my own hand.

  • Stenny

    I just started listening to these guys, literally a minute ago. But these guys have a legitimate sound, from the musicianship to the recording – it’s obvious these guys have some knowlage and power.

    BTW, the second Wolfmother album, the double disc that nobody listened to – rocks and isn’t “Joker and the Thief”, check it out.

  • Geor!

    The second Wolfmother album was not a double-disc album. But it did kick ass. Much better than their debut.

  • Stenny

    Wolfmothers second album came out as a double disc and a single. The double disc added several album worthy tracks.

  • Geor!

    I see that now. Strange, I never knew that when it was released, otherwise I would have picked that version up.